The pandemic has stopped all of my travel plans, so I have been forced to armchair travel. It may sound boring, but it gives me a taste of which countries I want to travel to in the future.
So far I have visited the Congo, Afghanistan, Zanskar, Tajikistan, India, Iran, Benin and Bhutan. Through YouTube documentaries I have cooked in remote villages in India with colorful spices and have driven through dangerous steep mountain roads in the the Hindu Kush.
Armchair travel has been fun, and I’m learning a lot about new places as I add them to my bucket list of places to travel.
The pandemic has lasted much longer than expected, and appears to not be going away, so for me, its about how can I continue to do the things that I love in a safe way that inspire and motivates me to get through the hard times.
Wherever you are, even if it is sitting on your own couch, you can still travel if your passion is to experience other cultures, other countries, or worlds other than your own. Travel is a way of enriching your life, your knowledge, and your understanding of what life is like elsewhere.
Below is a link to one of my books about my own travel experiences. Travel has always renewed my spirit and provided me with a sense of adventure. In Nomadic Tales of a Traveling Counselor, I explore my own fears through solo and group experience to some of the most beautiful remote places on earth.
This photo was taken on Marco Island, one of southern Florida’s most tropical destinations. I was walking along the beach, heading towards a remote part of the island when I came across this guy standing in the ocean with a bucket on his head, and I thought, why not?
The best part of travel, especially solo travel, is meeting a variety of interesting people. Somehow, I have always ended up crossing paths with others who are either exploring their own journeys or like me, love to travel to different parts of the world in hopes of having new adventures. Each location has its own energy, whether it’s in the mountains, desert, urban cities or beach side, and all of the people I have met have inspired me or taught me lessons in kindness, generosity, gratitude and self-exploration.
The interaction with the bucket-head guy, was a humorous brief exchange on my journey which started out as a serious contemplation of my own life as I walked along the beach. This amusing interaction made me think about my own bucket list, the places I want to travel to, the life experiences I want to have, and the things I want to accomplish in my short life on earth.
Life is simply a series of brief moments. Whether we travel in our own cities or communities or travel abroad, our connections with others are what make our lives meaningful, interesting and fun.